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A New Bowling And Entertainment Complex In Gulfport Set To Open

The developers of Island Strikz Entertainment Center are clearly excited.  

"Right now we're going to have about 40 to 50 games in here," says co-owner John Bell.

And so too they say, are the people who pass by everyday.   

"We already got this side booked for 2 parties," says Bell.  

"The phone just rings off the hook with people trying to make reservations for birthday parties," says Bells partner Larry McGuire.

Bell and McGuire are almost ready to welcome members of the entertainment starved public their long dreamed of vision of family fun.  

"We've created something here that's a little unique on the coast," says McGuire.

The 28 thousand square foot entertainment complex that features not only a 24 lane bowling alley, but an arcade, meeting rooms and a large restaurant and lounge.  

"We all know things have been tough but we hope this is a big step forward to getting things back to normal," says McGuire.

Another big feature is sound, video, and light show called cosmic bowling.  

"It's really fantastic," says McGuire. "It creates an atmosphere all by itself."  

One local family interrupted Sunday dinner for a sneak peek. And they give Cosmic bowling and Island Strikz a rave review.  

"I wish my room glowed," exclaims one little girl admiring the black lights and strobes.   

"I'm coming to it every day," declares one a little boy. 

That's music to the ears of the owners who are thrilled to provide hurricane haggard residents a place to play.  

"The daily atmosphere here has been hard work and getting things done," says McGuire. "And at the end of the day you want to have a place to go and enjoy yourself."

They believe Island Strikz will be that place.    

by Don Culpepper

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